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18.11.2013 On November 14-15, 2013 The 5th International Media Readings in Moscow "Mass Media and Communications – 2013" took place at the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University. The main topic of the conference was “National media system between national and global: models and trends of the 2010s”.

The conference started with a public lecture of Professor Daniel Hallin (University of California, USA) and Professor Paolo Mancini (University of Perugia, Italy), which was devoted to the topic “The Development of Media Systems: West and East” and was held on November 13 at the Faculty. The world renowned theorists of mass communication, authors of the bestselling book “Comparing Media Systesms: Three Models of Media and Politics”, spoke about their specific methodology of comparing media systems, the transformations, which take place in media systems due to global factors, the challenges and opportunities for media scholars on a contemporary stage. The lecture was attended by faculty members, PhD students, students, conference participants and faculty guests.

Plenary sessions and round table discussions were held within the frames of the Moscow readings. The Faculty was honoured to welcome at the conference Professor Denis McQuail (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), who gave a presentation during the first plenary session and presented the Russian edition of his book “Journalism and society”.

The key speakers of the conference (Denis McQuail, Daniel Hallin, Paolo Mancini, Pal Tamas, Jeanette Steemers, Paulo Faustino) shared with the conference participants the results of their research projects, took part in different debates and discussed the development trends of the media systems in the 21st century. The plenary sessions were followed by round table discussions (round table discussion devoted to BRICS countries, the relations between media and religion, as well as to the views of Russian media scholars on the transformations of the Russian and foreign media systems).

The conference participants represented more than 20 foreign countries (USA, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Austria, UK, India and others) as well as different Russian cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Cherepovets, Voronezh and others).

An important event was the awarding of titles of honorary professors of the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University to five leading media scholars from foreign countries. Among them were Professor Denis McQuial, Professor Paolo Mancini, Professor Kaarle Nordenstreng (all of them were awarded the title earlier, but within the frames of the conference they received special honourable distinctions), as well as two newly awarded professors – Professor Pal Tamas (Hungary) and Professor Hannu Nieminen (Finland). The title of an honorary professor of the Faculty is awarded for outstanding achievements in scholarly research and teaching, as well as for great contributions to the development of research and education at the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Closing the conference the Dean of the Faculty of Journalism Professor Elena Vartanova and the President of the Faculty Professor Yassen Zassourksy expressed hope that events of such kind would contribute to the establishing of strong ties between scholars form different countries and would help the representatives of the Russian school of journalism integrate into the world academic environment.

Photos by George Nikanorov

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